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Criminal Defense DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED IN Maryland, Virginia & Washington, DC FOR OVER 30 YEARS

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C.

Aggressive Representation for Those Accused of Serious Crimes

When you've been accused of a crime, your life can be turned upside down. It can have negative effects on your character and reputation. The threat of criminal conviction can also affect your life, your family, and even the ability to do your job. A criminal conviction and the related consequences can be serious if you don't take action. That's why it's vitally important that you understand your rights during this serious time.

Our top-rated criminal defense attorneys have practiced criminal law in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. We are familiar with area courts, judges, and prosecutors and have obtained successful results in felony and misdemeanor cases.

Call (410) 995-1515 or contact us online for a free, confidential case evaluation.


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Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Our experienced criminal defense lawyers believe that everyone deserves a thorough and vigorous defense. We can work to prove your innocence beyond a reasonable doubt so you can move forward—free from the complications of the criminal charges you face. At Portner & Shure, P.A., we believe that we are defenders not only of the accused but also of the Constitution.

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., contact Portner & Shure, P.A. today to discuss your legal rights and options.

Our attorneys are experienced in many criminal defense practice areas, including:

  • Burglary and robbery: This includes first, second, third, and fourth-degree offenses
  • Drug charges: This includes possession, manufacturing and distribution, and paraphernalia
  • Theft: This may include embezzlement, grand larceny, petit larceny, and general theft offenses
  • Assault and battery: This includes first and second-degree assault offenses
  • Serious traffic violations: Including reckless driving and negligent driving
  • Prostitution: Including the solicitation of prostitution and the act of prostitution
  • Drunk driving: This includes DUI and DWI offenses

Understanding Your Rights

The general definition of a crime is an act of deviant behavior that violates social norms. While this is a vague definition, what constitutes a crime and its corresponding consequence is determined at the federal and state level. The punishments for various crimes depend on numerous factors, including where the crime was committed and the severity of the offense.

Crimes are classified into two major categories: felonies and misdemeanors. The difference between the two is as follows:

  • Misdemeanor: Crimes of a less serious nature which are generally punishable by payment of a fine, probation, community service, restitution, and the possibility of up to one year in prison
  • Felony: These are serious crimes that are generally punishable by potential jail terms of at least one year to life in prison without parole or even death

Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is important when you are arrested or a suspect in a crime. There are certain rights granted to you in the U.S. Constitution to protect you from being treated unfairly.

Some of the basic rights you're entitled to include:

  • The right to an attorney
  • The right to an appeal
  • The right to not incriminate oneself
  • The right to a speedy and public trial

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today

At Portner & Shure, P.A., we believe everyone has the right to justice and the representation necessary to achieve that. With decades of experience, our professional legal team has the knowledge and skills in criminal defense to help you during these trying times. We are also proud to include fluent speakers of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean among our staff.

For more specific information concerning your arrest in an area near you, please contact a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorney at Portner & Shure, P.A. today.

Submit an online contact form or call (410) 995-1515 for assistance. We provide free initial consultations.

Commonly Asked Questions

What Should I Do If I am Accused of a Crime?

If you are accused of a crime, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand your rights and options. Our firm has decades of experience paired with a high level of passion and skill to assist our clients. Do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

What Is the Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney provides legal representation and guidance to individuals accused of committing a crime. They work to protect their clients' rights, build a strong defense, and navigate the legal process on their behalf. When you hire our team, you benefit from extensive legal insight and knowledge. Our services and strategies are tailored to each client and their unique situations. Get in touch with us to learn more.


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Why Hire Us?

  • We offer legal representation in English, Spanish, Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, & Chinese languages.
  • We have aggressive litigation tactics, skill, and passion.
  • We have offices in Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C.
  • Over 30 Years of Experience Serving Clients
  • We have received countless 5-star Google & Facebook reviews.

Awards & associations

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Best Attorneys of America
    Best Attorneys of America
  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 5-Star Google Reviews
    5-Star Google Reviews
  • Lead Counsel Rated
    Lead Counsel Rated
  • Maryland Association for Justice
    Maryland Association for Justice
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • Avvo Rating Top Attorney
    Avvo Rating Top Attorney
  • Avvo Superb Rating Top Attorney
    Avvo Superb Rating Top Attorney
  • US News & World Report Best Law Firms 2019
    US News & World Report Best Law Firms 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Jonathan Portner
    Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Jonathan Portner

Criminal defense CASES WE HANDLE:

We provide a strong defense against a variety of charges, including:

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